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Thirty-five women who have accused Bill Cosby of rape or sexual assault appear on cover of New York Magazine

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Thirty-five women who have accused Bill Cosby of rape or sexual assault appear on cover of New York Magazine

Thirty-five of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of rape or sexual assault have been photographed and interviewed by New York Magazine.

The striking cover story features women aged from their 20s to 80, and include supermodels Beverley Johnson and Janice Dickinson, waitresses and journalists.

Mr Cosby denies any wrongdoing and has not been charged with any crime.

Barbara Bowman told the magazine: "I felt like a prisoner; I felt like I was kidnapped and hiding in plain sight."

She continued: "I could have walked down any street in Manhattan at any time and said: 'I'm being raped and drugged by Bill Cosby,' but who the hell would have believed me? Nobody, nobody."

“I’m no longer afraid,” Chelan Lasha, who claimed Cosby assaulted her when she was 17, told the magazine. “I feel more powerful than him.”

Over the last year, the reports about Cosby’s alleged sexual assaults have been ongoing.

According to the magazine: “The group of women Cosby allegedly assaulted functions almost as a longitudinal study - both for how an individual woman, on her own, deals with such trauma over the decades and for how the culture at large has grappled with rape over the same time period.

“In the ‘60s, when the first alleged assault by Cosby occurred, rape was considered to be something violent committed by a stranger … But among younger women, and particularly online, there is a strong sense now that speaking up is the only thing to do, that a woman claiming her own victimhood is more powerful than any other weapon in the fight against rape.”

The cover comes one week after a deposition of Cosby taken during a sexual assault lawsuit from 2005 was published by the New York Times, revealing how he used sedative drugs in his sexual pursuit of young women.

In the court documents, Cosby admitted to giving the plaintiff, Andrea Constand, one and a half tablets of Benadryl to relieve stress.

According to Cosby, the sexual contact they had was consensual.

“I walk her out. She does not look angry. She does not say to me, don’t ever do that again,” he said.

“She doesn’t walk out with an attitude of a huff, because I think I’m a pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic sexual things, whatever you want to call them.”

Ms Constand, a former college basketball player and Temple University administrator, claimed Cosby drugged and raped her at his Pennsylvania home, is not featured.

Her civil suit against the comedian led to the deposition.

The magazine’s website is currently offline with speculation on social media suggesting it is as a result of increased trafic to the site.

In total, more than 40 women have come forward to accuse Cosby of sexual assault.

The New York magazine interviewed and photographed 35 alleged victims, supplementing the story with video interviews with six.